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Sunday 5 July 2015

    How to drink like a billionaire

    With access to tropical islands, private yachts and the best food and drink that money can buy, the life of a billionaire can be a decadent one.

    Champagne needs to ‘create a new occasion’

    Champagne needs to “create a new occasion” and better communicate its brand if it is to recruit new consumers to the category, believes the managing director of Nicolas Feuillatte.

    Tour de l’Oc raises £30k for charity

    Last month’s Tour de l’Oc bicycle challenge across France has raised over £30,000 for The Benevolent – the drinks trade charity.

The week in pictures

Pub-friendly pooches, Kevin Spacey and a one-off tasting of Achaval Ferrer wines spanning 12 vintages feature in this week’s round up of drinks industry events.

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UK vineyards included in tax relief scheme

Winemakers in the UK will be able to benefit from income tax changes for the country’s farmers allowing them to average their tax over five years.

The Proust Q&A: Darren Rathbone

The CEO and group chief winemaker of the Rathbone Group talks to db about having no time for regrets and dining with David Attenborough.

Venezuela faces beer drought

Venezuela could soon entirely run out of beer as workers at the country’s largest brewer have gone on strike over a long-running pay dispute.

Watch Sweden’s synchronised swimmers perform drunk

An alcohol awareness campaign has highlighted the dangers of drinking and diving by getting Stockholm’s male synchronised swimming team drunk.

Beer

Diageo ‘shelves’ £240m Chinese scheme

Swellfun, the Chinese subsidiary of drinks giant Diageo, has reportedly postponed work on a £237 million construction project to build a liquor-producing industrial park in Chengdu.

Lidl hints at plans for online wine shop

UK supermarket Lidl has not ruled out launching an online wine shop, reporting wine sales to be up 38% since it introduced a premium range last year.

UK reviewing alcohol intake guidelines

Health officials are to review the government’s drinking guidelines, as research linking moderate drinking to cancer leads to increased pressure from medics.

World’s best beer and wine festivals

Forget Glastonbury, these are the festivals you should be making a beeline for this summer and beyond.

Coors Light heads home

Sometimes, the route to excellence is a process of devolution rather than evolution.

by Dan Fox

Q&A: John Barbier, the Colorado cook-vintner

“I have never followed a recipe in my life, I’m a man of instinct”, declares Colorado cook-turned-winemaker John Barbier. by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot

Wearable technology and the data driven night out

Ed Southerden, senior planner at creative communications agency Bray Leino, examines what the Apple Watch might mean for the drinks market. by Ed Southerden

Is powder the future of food?

A powdered food brand has launched in the UK that aims to change the way people consume, treating food as fuel rather than one of life’s great pleasures. by Lucy Shaw
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WHISK(E)Y

William Grant in World Cup deal

William Grant & Sons has been awarded exclusive spirits and champagne pouring rights at the upcoming Rugby World Cup, which is being hosted by England in September.

SWA creates heavyweight London team

The Scotch Whisky Association has appointed a number of senior high-fliers from the worlds of diplomacy and politics as it opens a London office to help strengthen the industry’s global presence.

Prince Charles enjoys Scotch tour

HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, paid a visit to a number of Scotch whisky distilleries today, marking the 200th anniversary of two.

Machine makes ‘non-clinking’ ice cubes

An Italian design company has joined forced with Chivas to launch a machine that makes teardrop-shaped ice cubes, which they claim eradicates “clinking”.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the US press

A Texan Albariño, NY Riesling and Californian Syrah are among the wine tips offered by US wine writers ahead of this year’s fourth of July celebrations.

Top 10 new craft beers

With new beers coming onto the market all the time, it can be difficult to keep up. Here we round up a selection of the latest releases.

Top 10 funniest pub signs

Raising a smile from passersby and patrons alike, it seems there are many would-be comedians lurking behind the world’s bars, as this collection of pub sign humour proves.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

An English fizz fit for Wimbledon, a “chunky, berry-stuffed” Negroamaro and a “lithe and elegant” Chenin Blanc have been tickling UK writers’ tastebuds this week.

Top 10 Hong Kong craft beer bars

Anyone looking to quench their thirst with a ginseng microbrew should skinny-jean their way through this list. Beards optional.

Top 10 London rooftop bars

London’s many rooftop bars offer not only an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the streets, but incredible views of the city.

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Fine Wine

Is fine wine turning a corner?

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index is finally showing a year-on-year gain as it rose 0.9% in June to close 3.4% up on the same level in June 2014.

Is Parker wrong about the 05 Médocs?

With no Médoc wines gaining 100-points in Robert Parker’s retrospective of the 2005 vintage, one firm has asked: “Has the time come to just ignore Parker’s view of the 05s?”

Louis Latour Agencies signs Gosset

Louis Latour Agencies marked its 25th anniversary last night with the announcement that it has taken on UK distribution for Champagne Gosset.

Auction house snaps up online wine specialist

Online auction firm Bid for Wine has been sold to The Fine Art Auction Group in what its founders called “an exciting opportunity for customers”.

Champagne

Mumm releases vintage collection

Champagne Mumm has released a new “Collection du Chef de Caves”, featuring magnums of its Cordon Rouge 1985, 1990 and 1996 vintages.

Armand de Brignac launches its most expensive Champagne ever

Jay-Z’s Champagne brand Armand de Brignac has launched its most expensive fizz ever: a Blanc de Noirs.

Mumm releases Santana sparkler

Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana has teamed up with Mumm Napa to release a limited edition sparkling wine in support of disadvantaged youths.

UK importer confident of Champagne comeback

One leading UK Champagne importer is optimistic for the future of the category after a Champagne sell-out at Royal Ascot.

Asda warns suppliers of Champagne scam

Asda is warning suppliers to be on guard after several companies received emails which claimed to be from the supermarket requesting bogus contracts.